Looking Back: 9/7

Jasper’s first public school on West Sixth Street was built in 1872 and was first used on Jan. 27, 1873. This photo was taken in about 1887. The man holding the book and hat near the front center was T.K. Dougherty, a native of Orange County who for many years was the principal of the Jasper schools. The approximate 100 students attended first through eighth grades. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

Ӣ65 Years Ago
Sept. 6, 1948

Labor Day — no paper.

Sept. 7
Dubois County Post 255, Military Order of the Purple Heart has elected Arnold Birkle as commander to succeed Frank Fromme Jr.

At its regular meeting Wednesday, Jasper Lodge 1175, Loyal Order of Moose will hold a special election to elect a trustee to fill the unexpired term of George Clauder, who resigned recently. At the meeting, Carl Stuehrk will receive the Diamond Past Governor’s Award.

Sept. 8
A movement to solve Jasper’s pollution problem is well underway, Mayor Herbert Thyen told members of the Jasper Kiwanis Club Tuesday. Speaking briefly following a movie on stream pollution presented by Harold G. Griswold, district sanitary engineer of the State Board of Health, Mayor Thyen said that a 45-acre tract south of Jasper between the county highway garage and the state highway has been purchased for the erection of a sewage disposal plant.

The Jasper Rifle and Gun Club was host to members of the Tri-State National Rifle Association on Sunday. Shooters from as far away as Terre Haute, Vincennes, Bedford, Louisville, Hardinsburg, Ky. and Carmi and Bridgeport, Ill., drove to the local club’s shooting range on the Jack Lottes farm northeast of Jasper to fire away at the paper targets. Local riflemen did not compete since they were busy operating the range. Rifle and pistol matches, both target and novelty, for local shooters with limited equipment are being planned for the fall. The officers of the local club are Dr. C.W. Ackerman, president; Harold Jerger, secretary; and Arnold Krapf, treasurer.

Sept. 9
Dubois County will again be without the services of a county nurse next year. At the meeting of the county council Tuesday and Wednesday, the council members eliminated the $4,000 that had been requested in the county budget to pay for the services of a nurse. The county tax rate for next year will be 62 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, a drop of 8 cents from the current rate. The drop was made possible by an increase in the assessed valuation of the property in the county.

Sept. 10
Bob Gramelspacher was elected president of the newly formed Jasper Junior Chamber of Commerce at a meeting of that organization held Thursday night in the community room of Dubois County State Bank. Other officers who will serve in the first administration of the Jasper Jaycees are Tom Salb, first vice president (external affairs); Bernard Hoffman, second vice president (internal affairs); Norbert Eckerle, secretary; Cyril Sermersheim, treasurer; Jim Alles and Clem Nordhoff, directors (two-year terms); and Earl Salb, Jack Rumbach and Jerome Schneider, directors (one-year terms).

Ray Goldman, superintendent of Huntingburg city schools and governor-elect of Indiana District, Kiwanis International, was the guest speaker at the dinner meeting of the Huntingburg Junior Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

Sept. 11
About 900 young men have signed up at the Dubois County Selective Service headquarters in the courthouse since the peacetime draft started Aug. 30.

Certificates for meritorious achievement in the field of soil conservation will be awarded to 79 Indiana farmers by the Soil Conservation Awards Committee of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.; among the recipients are three men from Dubois County: R. H. McMurtrie of Huntingburg, Hubert Wagner of Ireland and Albert Rudolph of Portersville. The awards were based on soil conservation practices from June 1947 to June 1948.

Dr. Robert E. Eschbach, O.D., of Vincennes, was in Huntingburg this week completing arrangements to open an optometry office in that city about Oct. 1. He will have his office in the Stork Building, at 528 Fourth St. The quarters are being vacated by Russell Armstrong, attorney. Dr. Eschbach is a graduate of Vincennes University and Northern Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago.

Ӣ50 Years Ago
Sept. 9, 1963

St. Meinrad’s new post office building will be dedicated at 2 Sunday, it has been announced by the postmaster, Victor J. Hubers. The new building is at Third and Brewery streets.

The second annual radio auction sponsored by the Jasper Lions Club will be broadcast today from 5:15 to 7 p.m. Radio station WITZ will air the auction from the former Eckerle’s Music Store on the northwest corner of Sixth and Jackson streets.

For a number of weeks, negotiations have been underway between officials of the Huntingburg school system and radio station WITZ with regard to the possibility of broadcasting Huntingburg High School athletic events during the coming year. Because negotiations were not completed before the beginning of the football season, Huntingburg High School football games will not be broadcast until the 1964 season. The new broadcast policy will go into effect with the beginning of the 1963-64 basketball season. Dennis J. Keller, manager of WITZ,  announced today that the play-by-play of all Huntingburg games will be done by Bob Mason, a member of the WITZ staff who resides in Huntingburg, and he will be assisted on the broadcast by Bob Sakel of Huntingburg, who has long been active in athletics.

Sept. 10
Francis J. “Benny” Sermersheim was elected Monday night at a special meeting of the Jasper Common Council to fill the unexpired term of the late Edwin B. Knies as mayor of Jasper. Immediately following his election, Sermersheim formally submitted his resignation as councilman at-large.

Lt. Gov. Richard O. Ristine will visit Dubois County next Tuesday for a series of talks. His itinerary will include an appearance as principal speaker at the Moose Club of Jasper at 7 p.m. at the countywide kickoff banquet for the Republican fall campaigns.

Sept. 11
In celebration of its appointment as the distributor of Corno feeds in the southern Indiana area, Niemeier Feed and Chemical Service will hold an open house Thursday at its plant at 130 Mill St. in Jasper. Corno feeds are a product of the National Oats Co. Operator of the plant is Ed Niemeier. The plant also sells fertilizers and farm chemicals.

Sept. 12
Plans for the new Christian Brothers College near Jasper moved from the thinking stage to the planning stage this week as bulldozers started turning earth on the 125-acre site south of the city. An access road, to be permanent, was begun and clearing of the approaches to the building site is underway. The vice provincial of the Christian Brothers and Pat O’meara, the brothers’ architect from St. Louis, visited in Jasper on Monday and Tuesday with members of Cohere Inc. Cohere is the volunteer, nonprofit organization that raised $1,000,000 for the brothers to begin construction. The vice provincial told a meeting of Cohere on Monday night that construction would take about a year and a half and probably would begin sometime next spring.

Sept. 13
Indiana fans will welcome back some of the most outstanding high school and college stars ever to grace the Hoosier State’s basketball floors when the Baltimore Bullets and the Cincinnati Royals meet in an exhibition game at Huntingburg on Thursday, Oct. 10. Hallowed Indiana basketball names such as Bob Leonard, Oscar Robertson, Terry Dischinger, Walt Bellamy, Tom Bolyard and Jimmy Rayl will be on hand.

Members of the Jasper Rose Society are winding up preparations for the fifth annual Jasper Rose Show, which will take place Sunday in the Claude A. Gramelspacher School auditorium. The local group is an affiliate of the American Rose Society. Dorothy Lorey is the president of the local group.
According to Elizabeth L. Patch, nurse coordinator of Memorial Hospital Extended Home Health Care, refresher courses will be offered soon for nurses who have been away from active nursing for a while as well as those who have been employed part time. The training is designed to help nurses who will, at a later date, provide nursing care in the homes of patients who have been discharged from Jasper Memorial Hospital, thus extending or continuing the nursing care from the hospital into the home and community, and speeding patients’ convalescence.

Sept. 14
The Huntingburg Happy Hunters broke into the victory column Friday night in their home opener at Municipal Park by downing the North Posey Vikings, 26-14, in a nonconference contest. John Blemker led the Hunters’ attack with three touchdowns. He scored after receiving passes of 40, 15 and 11 yards from quarterback Chuck Tabor.

Bouncing back from a 14-7 deficit midway in the third period, the Tell City Marksmen continued their mastery over Jasper Friday night at Alumni Stadium as they roared back to grab a 26-14 grid victory from the Wildcats. A crowd estimated in the neighborhood of 3,800 fans watched the battle of the arch-rivals.

Ӣ25 Years Ago
Sept. 5, 1988

Labor Day — no paper.

Sept. 6
The Sisters of St. Benedict are no longer working to sell St. Joseph’s Hospital to the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, owners of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center of Jasper. A joint news release issued this morning said both sides “agreed to terminate their discussions about the transfer of ownership.”

Kimball International, which has been revamping its marketing and manufacturing organization during the past year, has announced a significant reorganization of its executive structure. The restructuring is targeted to help spur sales and service of existing products as well as expand its product lines. The moves also are designed to help the company efficiently manage its growing diversity and complexity.

The Jasper Aquatic Wildcat Swimming team will begin its fall program under the direction of new head coach Rusty Page.

Sept. 7
Building the proposed south-side connector road, now apparently headed for construction by 1991, may have been impossible had Dubois County officials not lobbied state highway officials, the county commissioners said Tuesday. The $1.5 million local share of the project, which the state now has agreed to pay, might have been too much for the county to afford, the commissioners said. The $5.8 million road, to connect U.S. 231 near the closed Family Drive-In Theater in Jasper to State Road 162 near the county highway garage, seems almost certain to receive the necessary state and federal funds, according to city and county officials.

Sept. 8
Gilbert D. Verkamp, president of Aristokraft, has announced plans for consolidating the company’s three county assembly plants at one expanded Ferdinand location. Some employees at Plant 2 in Jasper will be working at Plant 16 in Ferdinand by the first of the year. Employees from Plant 4, on West Third Street in Ferdinand, will transfer to Plant 16 nextdoor.

Sept. 9
A 13-foot arch-shaped sculpture to memorialize Jasper’s Bill Schroeder, the longest-lived recipient of an artificial heart, is scheduled to be unveiled Nov. 13. The sculpture, called “Gateway to the Heart,” was designed and is being built by Jasper artist Bernard Hagedorn. It will be installed at the entrance to the city’s new Bill Schroeder Sports Complex next to Alumni Stadium. Friends of Schroeder from his Jasper High School Class of 1950 have been raising money for the memorial and have about $15,000 for the sculpture, landscaping, lighting and other finishing touches, says Thelma Elliott, one of the memorial committee members.

Sept. 10
Recently park ranger Don Adams, 59, of Santa Claus, was honored by the National Park Service for 30 years of employment. The last 10 years of his 30-year tenure with the government has been spent at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, where he specializes in the life of Lincoln and resource management.

A.W. Place Jr., president of Jasper Rubber Products, has announced the promotions of three executives: Ted Cates to executive vice president of purchasing, Sherri Stork to vice president of customer service and Bob Boehman to executive vice president of finance.




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